Data (including videos and photos) and samples obtained during NASTUSHIMA, KAIYO, YOKOSUKA, KAIREI and MIRAI cruises will be opened to public via our web sites according to JAMSTEC's data policies and rules in handling data and samples. Unless otherwise specified, the data and samples will become open as soon as their set Publication Moratorium Periods (PMP) have past.
For details, please read our Quick Reference(PDF) or contact the Data Management Office.
The Research Fleet Department of the Marine Technology and Engineering Center of JAMSTEC calls for entries of cruise proposals once every year. Only scientists, engineers or educators who belong to universities or research institutes in Japan can propose their cruise plans. Students including postgraduates and those who do not belong to universities or research institutes in Japan cannot propose their own plans, but are able to join JAMSTEC cruises as a member of a science party of someone who will send his/her proposal.
Detailed information ( in Japanese ) may be found here.
The leader of all scientists who are participating a research cruise will be called the Chief scientist. Basically, there will be one Chief Scientist per cruise or leg. The Chief Scientist is responsible for the Metadata Sheet work.
A "Metadata Sheet" is an excel file to collect and manage Metadata of the data or samples obtained during each research cruise. (Metadata: information on HOW and WHEN, WHO did WHAT and obtained WHICH kind of data or sample at WHERE.)
The period between the end of the cruise and the moment the data or samples ate opened to public is called a "Publication Moratorium Period". This period is for the scientists who have priority to use the data or samples they have obtained for their studies by participating JAMSTEC cruises.